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CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System Opens New Operating Rooms: Expands Access to Care December 1, 2021

Beaumont, TX – CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System has expanded access for those in need of surgical services at the CHRISTUS Outpatient Pavilion St. Elizabeth. The expansion adds two new operating rooms bringing the total operating room count to eight. The build-out of these two rooms has been planned since the center’s opening in 2004, and is a part of a system-wide investment that adds much-needed space for general and OB/GYN surgeries and refreshes the Outpatient Pavilion surgery setting.

“This expansion to our facility is a wonderful resource for our patients, and provides an innovative surgical environment for our physician team to perform a wide variety of procedures from the simple to the highly complex,” said Ruben Victores, MD, OBGYN.

These new rooms have been equipped with new state-of-the-art technology including the HD Free5™ Camera System which allows surgeons to view and record the surgical site from virtually any orientation or angle. The rooms are also equipped with a CLEANSUITE® Operating Room Ceiling System, the first in the area, which helps mitigate the risk of airborne particles and improves patient safety, significantly lowering the risks of infections.

The new operating rooms are strategically designed to allow our board-certified surgeons to offer minimally invasive alternatives for complex gynecologic and general procedures, including cases with our da Vinci XI robotic surgery systems. One of the operating rooms was intricately designed to be dedicated to robotic surgery.

As the first to bring robotic surgery to Southeast Texas nearly 7 years ago, the health system has seen robotic surgeries grow into a very robust program. More and more patients are able to utilize this surgical option, and additional physicians continue to become trained and certified. To date, St. Elizabeth has 12 highly skilled and trained robotic surgeons who have performed more than 4,000 robotic surgeries.

Before the first scheduled surgery, the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Spiritual Care team toured the new rooms and offered a blessing for all who enter though these rooms as either a patient or provider.

“Our mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by providing complete care to those in our 9-county region through these newly opened OR suites at CHRISTUS Outpatient Pavilion St. Elizabeth. This is a milestone to be celebrated,” said Paul Trevino, President and CEO of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System.

The first surgeries in these new OR’s were performed this morning by Ruben Victores, OB/GYN and Iumy Torres-Barja, MD, General Surgeon.